ASUS has taken the wraps off the Transformer 3, a sleeker and more affordable tablet at Computex 2016. It gets the same screen as the Transformer 3 Pro, along with the wide-gamut panel and pen support, but that’s one of the very few similarities between the two.
On the outside, the new Transformer 3 is lighter, slimmer and more compact than the 3 Pro. It weighs just shy of 700 grams and its 6.9 mm thin. It is made from a slab of metal, available in Silver or Gold, so it’s going to get the sturdiness and the looks, but it lacks a kickstand on the back and it’s more limited in the terms of IO. It only gets an USB 3.1 Thunderbolt 3 port on the edges, along with a 3.5 mm audio jack, a fingerprint sensor with Windows Hello compatibility, and a keyboard connector on the bottom lip and a set of four speakers on the lateral sides.
The Transformer 3 featuring a 7th Gen Intel Core processors with Up to 8GB ram and 512 GB of SSD storage space. There are also no cooling vents around the edges, and that is because the Transformer 3 is built on Intel Core fanless hardware
Asus plans to pair the new Transformer 3 with a Transformer Sleeve Keyboard, with full-size backlit keys and 1.4 mm of travel. The sleeve acts as a stand with 2 working positions. Other features include 12.6-inch, 2,880×1,920-pixel resolution display with a 275ppi density.
One final detail we know right now is the starting price for this device: $749, but we will find out more in the months to come though.